At Monday night’s City Council meeting, Eric Mathison was named as Burien’s 2015 “Citizen of the Year.”
Mathison, who recently retired as Editor for the Highline Times, was unanimously voted as the sole award winner.
He currently serves on the city’s Parks & Recreation Citizen’s Advisory Board, as well asÂ volunteering as Secretary for the Burien Arts Association.
The Mathison family has deep roots in Burien, once owning five acres whereÂ what is now Mathison Park at 533 S. 146th Street. The Mathison children had many adventures on the property – climbing trees, building forts, and picking fruit from their gardens.
“Just because we lived on five acres on the top of a hill, I don’t want you to think we were rich snobs,” Eric said on the city’s website. “My dad was a Boeing middle manager. My mom took care of five kids and volunteered in the community. My parents were into voluntary simplicity before voluntary simplicity was cool.”
Mathison’s award earns him the right to serve as Grand Marshal in the city’s Independence Day Parade on July 4.